ArmInfo. Armenia's first place in terms of unemployment and poverty among neighboring countries, poverty level of 29.4% is a mirror image of a high level of social polarization and uneven distribution of incomes of citizens of our country. Gagik Makaryan, Chairman of the Republican Union of Employers of Armenia, expressed such opinion to ArmInfo.
"70% of the property in Armenia has 10% of the population, while 40% of citizens account for only 2% of its total volume." Another reason is the rate of inflation, which is outstripping the growth of the economy, and so far the government's measures towards resolving social problems the population of the country is not felt, and the level of poverty practically does not change, and this is when 1.9% of the population is generally below the poverty line, "he said.
18% unemployment rate Makaryan considers additional support for the growth of the number of poor in Armenia. However, according to preliminary estimations of the RSA, by the end of 2017 there will be a reduction in the unemployment rate to 17, and possibly even 16%. However, according to his estimates, it is not necessary to forecast a significant improvement in the poverty level in 29.4% this year. In this light, the economist also notes the absence in 2017 of significant progress in the well-being of Armenian society. According to Makaryan, it is not necessary to invent a bicycle in order to get Armenia out of this situation. The experience of previous years demonstrates the real possibility of reducing unemployment primarily through double-digit economic growth. In this light, the rapid development in Armenia of the spheres of tourism, agriculture, assembly enterprises on the basis of imported components seems to the economist to be a non-alternative necessity. It is important to contribute to the reduction in the level of unemployment and, accordingly, poverty, according to his forecasts, the complex development of small and medium-sized businesses. And the growth in the number of SMEs in 2007-2009. on 50 thousand from 82 to 132 thousand, in his opinion - The best example of this. Another example is the sharp decline in the number of SMEs by 2010 to just over 59,000 as a result of the government's inadequate response to the global financial and economic crisis that began at the end of 2008. All this was accompanied by an increase in the level of unemployment, poverty, labor migration. "However, even today, according to 2017, 70% of the 330,000 employed in the private sector work in the SME sector, and the need for a focused, coordinated government policy to stimulate the development of SMEs is seen," the head of the RSAA summarized. "However, even today, according to 2017, 70% of the 330,000 employed in the private sector work in the SME sector, and the need for a focused, coordinated government policy to stimulate the development of SMEs," the head of the RSAA.